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John Cawley and Don Kenkel are professors in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell, and are Research Associates of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Their research focuses on the economics of health behaviors, such as cigarette smoking (Kenkel and Cawley), drinking alcohol (Kenkel), the diet and physical activity patterns that contribute to obesity (Cawley). The courses they teach include the graduate and undergraduate course sequences in health economics and health behaviors. They direct the Institute with the objective of supporting and strengthening the intellectual community at Cornell studying health economics, in particular the economics of health behaviors.

PAM Faculty to Head New Institute on Health Policy
Human Ecology Link Magazine, Vol 39, 1.

Two Policy Analysis and Management (PAM) professors are working to build a “community of scholars” from campus and visiting institutions focused on risky health behaviors and their implications for health care policy and public health.  

The Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors, and Disparities, co-directed by professors John Cawley and Donald Kenkel and set to launch July 1 with funding by the College of Human Ecology, is intended to attract scholars from a wide range of fields related to health policy, including economics, government, nutrition, communications, sociology, psychology, and medicine.  

Cawley and Kenkel envision ... read more